Arts / Theater / Dance

"Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus," a snow sculpture made by a team representing Vermont, took the top prize at the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., last weekend. (Courtesy photograph)

A Fleeting Art Form

Saturday, February 6, 2016

In 1998, Adrian Tans was living in Burlington and joined with a group of friends for a snow sculpture contest in one of the city’s lakeside parks. It was a lark, but to their surprise, their sculpture of, as Tans described it, “a goddess riding a tortoise out toward Lake Champlain,” took second place. When the first-place team opted not to attend the national competition, the debutants headed west and learned from veteran teams of snow carvers from around the country. “The Alaskans, we just watched out of the corner of our eye,” Tans said. The Alaskan team sculpted a bird in a cage, a …

Theater Review: ‘Mad Love’ Exposes 20-Somethings Stumbling Toward Intimacy

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The sharpest comedy has a way of slicing into meaty issues, and Mad Love, by Hanover playwright Marisa Smith, deftly carves up love, sex, dating and commitment in the Internet age. Now in a world premiere production at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts, Mad Love follows four young people negotiating their personal barriers to authentic intimacy — some self-made, some circumstantial. …

Hanover Playwright’s New Show Opens at Northern Stage

Thursday, January 28, 2016

White River Junction — Somewhere between portraying Emily in a Hanover High School production of Our Town in the 1970s and playing parts in John Sayles movies in the early and mid-1980s, Marisa Smith realized that she could live without acting out someone else’s words and vision on stage or screen. “I enjoyed it, but …

Northern Stage Is Teaming Up With Counterpart Theaters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dorset, Vt. — Northern Stage will wrap up the inaugural season at its new theater next spring by staging one of the comedies in Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests. Artistic director Carol Dunne this week announced the company’s plan to produce Living Together, the first Conquest play, …

Theater Review: At Northern Stage, Songs That Trace Life’s Journey

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It isn’t more than a few minutes into Northern Stage’s production of Songs for a New World that the White River Junction theater company’s own new world emerges as a theme. “A new world calls across the ocean,” one of the singers intones, and this refrain is a …

Theater Review: Sharp Writing and Acting in Shaker Bridge Production of ‘How the World Began’

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A t first read, the premise of the engrossing play How the World Began by Catherine Trieschmann, which runs through April 12 at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield, sounds too neat, too pat. Susan Pierce, a teacher from New York, starts a job teaching biology in a Kansas …

A Writer Out of Place

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Orwell in America , a play by Joe Sutton that has its world premiere Saturday evening at Northern Stage in White River Junction, asks the audience to imagine what might have happened if one of the greatest writers …

Northern Stage’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ Feels Weary

Friday, February 20, 2015

Settling into a Briggs Opera House seat for a performance of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit yields an immediate reward. The set, a reproduction of a 1940s upper crust drawing room in an English country house, is like a little jewel box, replete with gold light fixtures and a …

Dartmouth Production Reframes ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Around Issues

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Say R omeo and Juliet and it’s likely that some stock images will pop into your head: Boy meets girl, a balcony, a vial of poison and a few dazzling sword fights. But do those scenes, memorable as …

With ‘Venus in Fur,’ Shaker Bridge Plumbs Desire and Power

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Venus in Fur , the tantalizing, entertaining play-within-a-play by David Ives now at Shaker Bridge Theater in Enfield, is one sure way to shake off the winter blues. To say it’s a play about sex, power and domination makes it sound more heavy-going than it is. It begins …

ArtisTree Presents a Lively Production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Woodstock — In less capable hands — and feet, and voices — a production of Fiddler on the Roof could s truggle to achieve liftoff, or, at worst, stumble across the stage. The 1964 musical has so many moving parts — as many as 27 people dancing and/or …

Days of Change and Growth

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Of all the odd places to sit down for an interview, the McDonald’s on Route 12A might be the oddest. But in the case of Jonathan Sa’adah, the location made sense. Sa’adah, a Woodstock native who now lives …

‘Don’t Talk to The Actors’ at Shaker Bridge Brings Laughs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Just before rehearsals are about to begin on fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak’s first Broadway production, Director Mike Policzek advises the young playwright not to talk to the actors. As it turns out, bad and hilarious things happen when Jerry ignores the advice in the Shaker Bridge Theatre’s very …